ISO 26000 – Social Responsibility

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Provides guidance to all types of organisations, regardless of their size or location, on:

  1. concepts, terms and definitions related to social responsibility
  2. the background, trends and characteristics of social responsibility
  3. principles and practices relating to social responsibility
  4. the core subjects and issues of social responsibility
  5. integrating, implementing and promoting socially responsible behaviour throughout the organization and, through its policies and practices, within its sphere of influence
  6. identifying and engaging with stakeholders; and
    communicating commitments, performance and other information related to social responsibility.

Provides guidance rather than requirements, so it cannot be certified to unlike some other well-known ISO standards. Instead, it helps clarify what social responsibility is, helps businesses and organizations translate principles into effective actions and shares best practices relating to social responsibility, globally. It is aimed at all types of organizations regardless of their activity, size or location. ISO has published several guides to assist organisations seeking to enhance their sustainability performance, including ISO 26000 and SDGs (free download at which provides guidance on linking to the UN SDGs. / a standard that is intended as guidance, not for certification, for evaluating companies on how they achieve their social responsibilities to local communities, employees, and stakeholders. This standard is also known as ISO SR.


ISO 26000:2010 Guidance on social responsibility
ISO 26000 Social responsibility